Monthly Archives: September 2015

Vehicle For Hire Bylaw – Update #yegcc

The September 16th debate over the City’s proposed changes to the Vehicle for Hire bylaw continued well into the night, with over 200 speakers registered. Council chambers and the City room were packed with those wishing to voice their concerns. The sheer numbers, and the demonstrations on the part of the taxi industry and ridesharing supporters, clearly indicate the importance of these issues, and the impact these changes will have for our city.

It also showed that, rather than 2 opposing camps, there is a whole spectrum of diverse and complicated perspectives needing to be heard. Uber drivers and supports, …

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Vehicle For Hire Update

The September 16th debate over the City’s proposed changes to the Vehicle for Hire bylaw continued well into the night, with over 200 speakers registered. Council chambers and the City room were packed with those wishing to voice their concerns. The sheer numbers, and the demonstrations on the part of the taxi industry and ridesharing supporters, clearly indicate the importance of these issues, and the impact these changes will have for our city.

It also showed that, rather than 2 opposing camps, there is a whole spectrum of diverse and complicated perspectives needing to be heard. Uber drivers and supports, …

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LRT: No Longer “Waiting for Godot” #yegcc

Vladimir: Well? Shall we go?

Estragon: Yes, let’s go.

[They do not move.]

– Samuel Beckett (1952)

 

After a long, frustrating wait there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel on the NAIT line. It does not yet have full service or full speed; there are bugs, glitches, and potential delays. However, evidence from its first week of passenger service shows that LRT is still the most efficient way to get around – 12 minutes from Churchill Station to NAIT, versus 15 minutes by car or bus. In our growing city, options matter. For …

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Livin’ On A Prayer … Just Not in Council #yegcc

Edmonton City Council is discontinuing its long practice of holding of inter-faith prayers to begin Council and Committee meetings. This change is necessary to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling on similar practices in Quebec.

For several decades, City Council has upheld a tradition of including prayers at the opening of council meetings. While the practice has been open and inclusive, seeking to acknowledge members of all faiths, it still inadvertently promotes the ideas of faith over those of secularism. While Canadians are constitutionally guaranteed the right to freedom of conscience and religion, these rights arenot unlimited. And at …

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Vehicle-For-Hire Bylaw: Proposed Ridesharing Regulations #yegcc

 

Draft changes to the city’s Vehicle for Hire Bylaw will be presented to Council and the public during a special session of Executive Committee on September 16th.

The changes address some of the trickiest and most significant challenges posed by ridesharing, and seek to modernize the regulations for both ridesharing companies and the taxi industry.

For both the city and the province, the biggest concern with ridesharing has been the “insurance gap”: the grey area between personal and commercial insurance policies. The proposed bylaw stipulates that adequate insurance coverage, as outlined by the Alberta Superintendent of Insurance and the …

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